Take to the streets and explore the sites of Toronto’s vibrant and storied LGBTQ history with the interactive documentary Queerstory. This free walking tour app leads you through 37 intriguing sites that uncover the political, cultural and social history of Toronto’s queer community.
Experience 47 unique short docs with rare archival footage, hidden stories and in-situ interviews with a colourful cast of characters. Meander through two queer sites where performance artist Keith Cole and new media artist Caitlin Fisher lead you on their mediated interpretations of queer history. Discover excerpts of documentaries from queer Canadian filmmakers David Adkin, Lynne Fernie, Harry Sutherland and others embedded along points in the tour.
Silky voiced, gender-queer singer Jackie Shane added glitz and glamour to Toronto's Yonge Street music scene in the 1960s. Her album, Jackie Shane Live, was recorded here, with his song "Any Other Way" hitting number two on the charts for a full nine week
A popular gay bar from the 60’s - 80’s, and the focal point of Toronto’s infamous Halloween drag parade. Thousands jammed Yonge Street to watch the annual procession of outrageous and beautiful performers who were often pelted with eggs by a jeering homophobic mob.
The home of the Empress Ball, Club Manatee was a favourite stage of Drag queen extraordinaire Craig Russell, star of seminal Queer film ‘Outrageous.’ Outrageous was the first queer film to have a wide spread North American theatrical release.
The home of one of Toronto’s longest running and largest queer Christian congregations, the Metropolitan Community Church (MCC) is where Reverend Brent Hawkes denied the violence and the protestors, used the reading of the Banns and performed two same sex wedding ceremonies – acknowledged as the world’s first legal gay marriage.